Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I am not sure if you are aware of this or not, but you have come across a bit aggressively in several of your posts throughout this forum. One of the items in the rules of this forum asks us to refrain from using all caps because they are the equivalent of yelling at someone.
I am not sure why you keep posting topics for discussion because it seems like you are not interested in anything anyone has to say unless they agree with you or tell you what you want to hear.
Does it really matter if you call her a filly or a mare? If she is 3, she is 3...if she is bred, she is bred...
If you are a breeder, than breeding at age 3 seems no worse than if you are a rider who begins training at age 3...as long as you care the needs of your horse, and know them individually (can they menatally and physically handle the riding or breeding that you are planning for them).
No, it is not cruel...you are not forcing a stallion on the young innocent mare...if she is not ready to be bred, she will not stand for him.
I am not a breeder, I am a rider, so personally I would not breed my mare until she was finished with training and had proven somehow to me that I should have a foal out of her. But...I don't think the breeders are cruel for breeding at that age. Just because I don't personally do it that way, doesn't mean that it is not the right choice for others. It is not only txhorsemom who breeds at age 3...I have known a few other breeders who breed their mares at that age.
The world is full of opinions and different ways to do things. How sad and boring it would be otherwise.